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Big Sean Stuns With “One Man Can Change The World”

With a week to go before Dark Sky Paradise hits, Big Sean has shared what may soon be considered a modern classic.

Built upon a steady piano accompaniment, “One Man Can Change The World” pairs Big Sean with Kanye West and John Legend for an ode to a child’s endless potential. Sean has always been one to speak of his ambition and how it lead him to turn his dreams into reality, but here he takes things to another level altogether. There’s always time spent paying tribute to Sean’s late grandmother, including a cell phone message. You can stream the …

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Step Rockets Release Another Mega Jam With “Turning Tides (By Your Side)”

With huge, undeniable hits like “Kisser” and “Phantom Flower” already under their belts, the Twin Cities’ Step Rockets are one step closer to superstardom with each surefire hit they put out. The newest they’ve added to their catalogue, “Turning Tides (By Your Side)” is just as massive and catchy as its predecessors. We can’t stop listening to it. We can’t stop dancing to it. It’s making it pretty difficult to even focus long enough to write about it.

Premiering over at BitCandy, this new Step Rockets joint is one more piece of evidence in the …

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The Books’ Paul de Jong Announces Debut Solo Album ‘IF,’ Streams “Auction Block”

When The Books broke up in 2012, an era came to an end. The collage-pop duo of guitarist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong had invented a magical, comforting, mashup of strings and found sounds, creating the type of music that is as perplexing as it is educational. Since then, Zammuto has gone on to release two solo albums. De Jong, on the other hand, stayed relatively quiet. Today, he says, “it’s time to come up for air.”

Paul de Jong has announced his debut solo album at long last. The album, titled IF, drops April 28 via …

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Dustin Kensrue Premieres First Single off of ‘Carry the Fire’

It should go without saying that Dustin Kensrue‘s been the subject of a lot of internet buzz lately. If not for the teased return of Thrice, then for his upcoming solo album, Carry the Fire, which is due for release through Staple Records and Vagrant Records on April 21.

Billboard exclusively shared “Back to Back” earlier today and it has been continually replayed on our laptops ever since. Featuring some of our favorite aspects of 2007′s Please Come Home and 2010′s The Water & the Blood, the song surely reveals a great deal of maturity.

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Dick Diver Share New Single “Tearing the Posters Down”

With the music world falling in love with Twerps and Real Estate’s casually cool riffs, it’s pretty evident college rock is making a return. Indie rock act Dick Diver are no exception to the new rule. The four piece dropped “Waste The Alphabet” last year from their upcoming third full-length, Melbourne, Florida, due out March 10 via Trouble In Mind. With their newest single, “Tearing the Posters Down,” they’re freshening things up and reminding us why jangly guitar is more than just an early-20s staple.

Recorded in an ex-sheep-shearing shed, “Tearing the Posters Down” rolls with an assured, light-hearted …

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Stream American Wrestlers’ Incredibly Catchy Track “Kelly”

If you’re looking for a pause from all the winter snow, then make way for American Wrestlers. The indie rock Scotland-via-Missouri act will drop his self-titled debut LP on April 7 via Fat Possum. His lead single “Kelly” will single-handedly brighten up your whole day, if not week.

“Kelly” operates by avoiding cliche pitfalls and twisting the usual route. Sparing guitar riffs crack through lo-fi speakers and shake out a dissonant bridge in the chorus, acting like fantastical stilts for the Scotsman’s snarky delivery. He chooses not to clog it with clean mixing and, as a result, leaves enough …

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STREAM: Alanna Clarke – “Heartstrings”

“Play ‘em till you break ‘em in.”

With her newest single, “Heartstrings,” Canada’s Alanna Clarke is destined for radio takeover and inevitable stardom. Within the excellent production is a simple structure of beautiful instrumentation setting the foundation for Clarke’s powerfully soulful vocal presence and a chorus that will dominate your mind for weeks to come.

No name immediately comes to mind when trying to think of a comparison for Alanna Clarke which I believe is a testament to her unique qualities as a songwriter and force to be reckoned with within the pop realm. It’s familiar, but it’s refreshing all …

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Petite Meller’s “Baby Love” Video Reminds Us Of Wes Anderson

We love great pop music around UTG, but truth be told coming across that kind of material is often a near impossible task. There is so much disposable music made for clubs and radio today that sifting through long enough to find something worthy of more than five replays is often a daunting proposition. Fortunately for you, such work is what we love to do, and today we have yet another promising young act to share.

Petite Meller is a name many don’t know yet, but it is only a matter of time before her latest single, “Baby Love,” finds …

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UTG PREMIERE: Pete RG – “Let It All Go” (Lyric Video)

We are addicted to new music. I know that sounds cute and/or akin to something a teenager who just discovered that music exists beyond the radio, but it’s absolutely true. We spend hours every week sifting through the unknown talents of the world, and every so often we find one we cannot deny. This week that talent is Pete RG, and today we have a killer lyric video to share with all of you.

If you are not familiar with the work of Pete RG yet, don’t fret. His talent is one the world is still very much discovering, and …

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Rocky Votolato Shares “The Hereafter”

Just a short time after announcing his decision to sign with No Sleep Records, Rocky Votolato has released the first single off his highly-anticipated new album.

Premiering on Stereogum earlier today, “The Hereafter” is a song that could only be written by someone whose led a truly interesting life. It oozes with a lifetime’s worth of experience having been boiled down to a four-minute song in the best possible way, with images of broken teeth, scraped hands, and weary eyes littered throughout. If Rocky were to try and encapsulate his career with a single song, this would no doubt be …

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Death Cab for Cutie Release “Black Sun” Lyric Video, Announce Tour

Death Cab For Cutie have shared the lyric video for “Black Sun,” the first single off their highly-anticipated new album, Kintsugi, and also the first track to surface from the band since the departure of longtime guitarist, Chris Walla.

It’s hard to go into a new song from someone like Death Cab For Cutie without having some type of expectation for the material on deck. Death Cab have carved a beautifully dynamic niche for themselves in the world of music up to this point, and “Black Sun” certainly does not disappoint. That said, it also doesn’t sound all that …

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Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney Just Dropped a New Song Called “FourFiveSeconds”

Out of nowhere, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney just dropped a new song. The track, called “FourFiveSeconds,” is three minutes of inter-tangled talent that sounds like a stripped-down studio recording, much of which is dominated by Rihanna’s soulful return to the music world. If this is the song Kanye played for radio programmers, we fully support this one getting major airplay.

“FourFiveSeconds” is much more heartfelt than the combination of the three may lead you to expect. McCartney provides the rhythm and backing music on acoustic guitar while Rihanna takes over for most of the verses, occasionally …